February 27, 2012

Research May Preserve Fertility

1 Ovarian Stem Cells Might Produce New Eggs

Most of us have heard that a women is born with all the eggs she'll ever have, but a Harvard scientist is changing the way we think after finding rare ovarian stem cells from young women that are capable of making new eggs. The findings, published in Nature Medicine, could shed light on the mystery of how human eggs work. Huffington Post says the discovery may lead to better treatments for some infertile women. Lead researcher Jonathan Tilly said that there's more to the ovarian story than simply the trickling away of a fixed number of eggs. He thinks using stem cells to grow eggs may one day help preserve fertility for cancer patients, but experts urge caution. The research has to be verified by other laboratories, and scientists would need several years to learn how to use the cells.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Age Not a Factor in Stem Cell Transplants

Tags: Jonathan Tilly, Journal Nature Medicine, Women Born All Eggs, Fertility Research, Understanding Human Eggs, Preserving Fertility Cancer Patients

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Reduces Several Health Risks

2 HPV Vaccine for Boys Highly Recommended

Like the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises vaccinating 11 and 12 year old boys against the human papilloma virus (HPV) to not only prevent cervical cancer in females, but to also reduce the incidence of head, neck, anal cancers and genital warts. HPV is transmitted through genital and oral sex and is transmitted by both genders. For the vaccine to protect individuals against the virus, the series of three has to be given prior to becoming infected and kids between 9 and 12 respond the best. Also, by only vaccinating girls, which has been the standard since 2006, the risk of men passing it onto other men has been largely ignored. Not only would vaccinating boys have a greater impact on reducing transmission, some of the controversy associated with it may be attenuated.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: ACIP Recommends Routine HPV Vaccine

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Cervical Cancer, Genital Warts, HPV, HPV Vaccine, Human Papillomavirus, Anal Cancer, Head and Neck Cancers

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